‘We want them infected’: Disturbing emails from Trump appointee emerge
A string of disturbing emails from a senior Trump appointee has revealed a stated plan to pursue coronavirus herd immunity by deliberately exposing “infants, kids and teens” to Covid-19 in the United States.
Ousted scientific advisor at the US Department of Health and Human Services, Paul Alexander, repeatedly wrote to top health officials urging them to seek a herd immunity strategy.
“There is no other way, we need to establish herd, and it only comes about allowing the non-high risk groups expose themselves to the virus. PERIOD," he wrote on July 4.
Those he viewed as low risk, he said he wanted them infected.
“Infants, kids, teens, young people, young adults, middle aged with no conditions etc. have zero to little risk… so we use them to develop herd… we want them infected,” he wrote.
In a later email, he pushed the case urging health officials to protect the elderly but to “flood the zone” with the fit and healthy, speculating that the virus could be slowed or even burned out with antibodies in as little as 20 to 25 per cent of a given population. Experts typically put the threshold for herd immunity at 60 per cent and above.
“It may be that it will be best if we open up and flood the zone and let the kids and young folk get infected as we acutely lock down the elderly,” Alexander wrote. “We may be able to get 25 per cent antibodies ourselves by natural immunity... natural exposure.”
The emails were obtained by a House Oversight Committee's select subcommittee on the coronavirus crisis in the US, and later published online by the subcommittee.
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